Speaking freely

There have been many issues of late about the regulation and freedom of speech in Australia.  This is a good thing.  If we did not have at least some degree of freedom, there would be no such discussion.  From the Folau matter to CPAC to digital platforms to ABC to the Banerji case.  This is good.  This is healthy.  Discussion and debate that is.

Consider this however:

In May, Singapore passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), which gives government ministers the power to unilaterally declare online content “false or misleading” and demand that it be corrected or taken down.

In an earlier post today, TAFKAS noted Senator Kristina Keneally’s view that Ministers who have discretionary powers should exercise those powers liberally and frequently.

There has been some discussion of the Australian government acquiring similar powers (to declare online content false or misleading and have it corrected or removed).  Before a “Liberal” government legislates for such powers, perhaps they give mind to how such powers might be used when the “Liberals” are not in government and when, possibly, Senator Keneally is the Minister for Home Affairs.

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7 Responses to Speaking freely

  1. Tim Neilson

    Before a “Liberal” government legislates for such powers, perhaps they give mind to how such powers might be used when the “Liberals” are not in government and when, possibly, Senator Keneally is the Minister for Home Affairs.

    The Mick Trumble wing of the Liberals wouldn’t care. In fact they’d almost certainly support it.

  2. Karabar

    I know this is off topic but……..
    I was just listening to the governor of the RBA expound on the virtues of ZIRP.
    a) Too many people are saving (he actually said that). That makes it necessary to lower interest rates.
    b) A lower AUD is a good thing for exporters, and therefore for all of us.
    At the beginning of 2013 one AUD would buy one USD.
    Now that same buck costs AUD$1.50 .
    If an Australian dollar that is only worth 2/3 of a dollar is such a good thing, that means that all of our assets valued in AUD being 2/3 of what it should be is a good thing.
    So if that is the case, why not fifty cents? Or if the AUD was only worth twenty five cents, that would surely be wonderful! Why not ZERO? Imagine how fortunate the lucky country would be if the AUD were worthless! With negative interest rates!
    The truth of the matter is that our assets are worth only 2/3 of what they should be because as a people we have wasted it like drunken sailors (with the help of government of course. Fropm what planet do these people come?

  3. Dr Fred Lenin

    In the meantime the stupid politicians can borrow heaps of money SAVED. by Chinese workers who arent as stupid as our politicians and RBA are. And dont tell me the Chinese savers are getting zero interest on the money they lend our governments ,they wouldnt tolerate that sort of con , you mess with them at your peril .

  4. John Barr

    Does that mean the Greens & Greenpeace & such hanger-on-ers will be deep in Poo?

  5. W Hogg

    Is KKK practicing for the worst ever minister title?

  6. nfw

    Perhaps she’s practising (sic).

  7. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    “The Senator’s view that the government should do her bidding”

    FTFY.

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